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By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When the Eagles drafted defensive end Vinny Curry with the 59th overall pick in the NFL Draft, he had tears in his eyes, because he had been drafted by his favorite team.
“It’s a great moment. It’s been a great weekend so far,” Curry said to 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and The WIP Morning show on Monday about being drafted by the Eagles. “It’s just like the script to a movie or something, you know,” he said. Curry attended Marshall, and grew up in Neptune, NJ.
Curry said his love for the Eagles started early. “Back in the day I used to be a running back, so I used to try to mimic Ricky Watters all the time. Been an Eagles fan ever since the age of seven,” he said. Hugh Douglas and Jeremiah Trotter were the players he admired once his focus shifted from offense to defense.
Being picked by the Eagles made falling out of the first round a lot easier to take. “I saw that 215 area code, and I just broke down and started crying,” he said.
Curry got to town on Saturday, the same day that Brian Dawkins was in Philadelphia to announce he’d retire as a member of the Eagles. “I got goosebumps up my arm listening to [Dawkins] talk. Seeing all the support from his teammates and how he was in the locker room. And from them telling stories, it was just phenomenal,” he said.
An advantage to already being an Eagles fan, Curry knows how to feel about division rivals. “Oh yeah,” Curry said emphatically when he was asked if he dislikes the Cowboys and Giants.